Study, Intern or Volunteer: Which Program is Right for You?

Today’s study abroad opportunities are limitless. In addition to conventional study abroad programs, students (and graduates!) now have the choice between a myriad of other program types as well. From internships to volunteer programs, students have the unique opportunity to find a program that directly caters to them. The question is – how do you know which program to choose?  Below are a few benefits and features of each program type to help guide you in your search for the perfect program.

 

  1. Study Abroad

Typical lengths: Summer, Semester, Academic Year, J-Term, May Term

 Today’s conventional study abroad programs offer courses in everything from Anthropology to Distilling. Gone are the days when students from only a handful of academic disciplines were able to study abroad. Nowadays, students looking to earn credit towards their major or fulfill general university requirements have the opportunity to choose from a variety of available courses and programs. If you have a set timeframe in which to study abroad – a semester, for example – or you’re interested in studying a variety of subjects then a study program may be the best fit for you.

 

  1. Volunteer Abroad

Typical Length: 2 – 12 weeks

 Volunteer opportunities offer individuals of all ages the opportunity to travel abroad for a shorter time frame. Participants have the chance to choose between everything from assisting a local wildlife organization to teaching English at a nearby school. Volunteer projects are typically short-term, incredibly immersive, and allow participants the chance to make a difference in their host country. Volunteering abroad is a great fit for students interested in a meaningful experience during a school break, those who feel passionately about a specific cause and individuals who may not be eligible for traditional study abroad programs (i.e. retirees, high school graduates, families, etc.).

 

  1. Internships Abroad

Typical length: 1 – 6 months

 Internships programs have become increasingly available over the years. With a wide range of options for professional fields, locations, and time frames, individuals have a lot of choices! These programs are all about expanding your knowledge within your field and gaining hands-on experience in a new setting. We recommend intern abroad programs for students interested in learning more about a particular field and recent graduates looking to gain professional experience before entering the workforce. With many options for start dates and durations, individuals can choose to go for one month, a semester, six months, or anywhere in between.

 

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